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Old 03-04-2013, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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At my other job, I saw most every single person who stepped foot on the 2nd floor of the building I worked in. I would give people 3 chances and if after 3 'good mornings' or 'good afternoons' and the same folks could not be bothered....forget it. Same thing with holding a door, I'm not doing it for a thank you, but my parents taught me to be polite.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:29 AM
 
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At my other job, I saw most every single person who stepped foot on the 2nd floor of the building I worked in. I would give people 3 chances and if after 3 'good mornings' or 'good afternoons' and the same folks could not be bothered....forget it. Same thing with holding a door, I'm not doing it for a thank you, but my parents taught me to be polite.
I would think it would be a very interesting study to have a controlled experiment in cities all over America where a person would say hello to all the people entering the office building over a one month period and record their responses. And see how the responses vary from city to city. You would have to control the experiment so that it would be the same type of office building with basically the same type of workers, etc.

Back when I was working we had a very nice receptionist who would greet everyone who came in the office every morning. Over one hundred people passed her every morning on their way to their office or cubical. I asked her how many people replied with a nod, a smile, a hello or some small talk back and she said, sadly, most people ignored her, even though they saw her every morning. How sad and a perfect example of the Washington DC white collar professional culture.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Back when I was working we had a very nice receptionist who would greet everyone who came in the office every morning. Over one hundred people passed her every morning on their way to their office or cubical. I asked her how many people replied with a nod, a smile, a hello or some small talk back and she said, sadly, most people ignored her, even though they saw her every morning. How sad and a perfect example of the Washington DC white collar professional culture.
You sound as if you've been bullied and/or mistreated your whole life. How sad for you.
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Mclean, Va; West Palm Beach, Fl
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I tend to say hello to all the beautiful fit women I come across while out biking. If they dont say hello back I dump gatorade on them.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:21 PM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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I tend to say hello to all the beautiful fit women I come across while out biking. If they dont say hello back I dump gatorade on them.

given how fit they ARE, you would be advised to have a VERY fast bike and be a very good rider, and to be headed downhill after you do your gatorade thing.


But as a McleanExec, I suppose you have a carbon fiber frame, right? maybe something like this?
GENNIX R1 ULTIMATE BIKE :: Louis Garneau
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:42 PM
 
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Old Tired Man - that receptionist story really hit the nail on the head. Now that you are retired why not move to a friendlier place? I know places like that exist because I have lived in them. We are now trying so hard to gain employment elsewhere and move out of this elitist rat race. So sad how they ignored the lowly receptionist....if the person was higher up and could do something for them - I bet they would be saying hellow every moring - yuck - hate those types of people.

And I know someone on this forum will make up excuses why peole could not say hellow to the receptionist - but rude is rude.

And - regarding my earlier post - yes - the woman who passed me on the path heard me say hellow - she looked me in the eye with the crappy elitist expression commn in the DC area and I would think twice about helping her - sorry - but I would
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:10 PM
 
Location: My beloved Bluegrass
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Old Tired Man - that receptionist story really hit the nail on the head. Now that you are retired why not move to a friendlier place? I know places like that exist because I have lived in them. We are now trying so hard to gain employment elsewhere and move out of this elitist rat race. So sad how they ignored the lowly receptionist....if the person was higher up and could do something for them - I bet they would be saying hellow every moring - yuck - hate those types of people.

And I know someone on this forum will make up excuses why peole could not say hellow to the receptionist - but rude is rude.

And - regarding my earlier post - yes - the woman who passed me on the path heard me say hellow - she looked me in the eye with the crappy elitist expression commn in the DC area and I would think twice about helping her - sorry - but I would
I just don't get it. People say hello back to me all the time. Not everyone, but enough that I can't complain. Sometimes I even get a genuine smile out of people. No, people aren't as warm and fuzzy as they are in the south, but I doubt that there are many places where they are. I sure haven't found one as hospitable as my native state except other southern states. I've lived in a lot of different cultures because my hubby is a military man, and I have found that every place and its people have their own charms and annoyances. The people here are busy, productive little bees not cuddly puppies, that's all, and life would be less sweet without the honey made by those bees. I have also found if you learn to accept the native culture, without turning your back on your own, your time anywhere is much, much more pleasant.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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I just don't get it. People say hello back to me all the time. Not everyone, but enough that I can't complain. Sometimes I even get a genuine smile out of people. No, people aren't as warm and fuzzy as they are in the south, but I doubt that there are many places where they are. I sure haven't found one as hospitable as my native state except other southern states. I've lived in a lot of different cultures because my hubby is a military man, and I have found that every place and its people have their own charms and annoyances. The people here are busy, productive little bees not cuddly puppies, that's all, and life would be less sweet without the honey made by those bees. I have also found if you learn to accept the native culture, without turning your back on your own, your time anywhere is much, much more pleasant.
Oldhag,

Until I read your post, I though maybe you were Old Tired Man's wife.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:39 AM
 
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I am going to chat with the people at the grocery store, say hello in a friendly tone to all my neighbors as I meet their eyes, make small talk with waiters, hairdressers and people sitting next to me on the bus. I am going to attend adult education classes and chat with the other people in class.
I can't imagine why you would go out of your way to antagonize people like that. Boundaries, sir!

(Jk -lol)
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Mclean, Va; West Palm Beach, Fl
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given how fit they ARE, you would be advised to have a VERY fast bike and be a very good rider, and to be headed downhill after you do your gatorade thing.


But as a McleanExec, I suppose you have a carbon fiber frame, right? maybe something like this?
GENNIX R1 ULTIMATE BIKE :: Louis Garneau

Close, Trek Verve. I refuse to pay for a non motorized bike that costs more then my Harley!

OldTiredGuy,

Just accept that some people in the DC area not friendly to strangers. Have you thought about relocating to Boca Raton. I think there is a large old people communities who yack with you all day.
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